“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” — Yogi Berra
With less than two months remaining in 2015, many managers & leaders are in an all-out sprint to close the year on a high note and set themselves up for a strong 2016. They’re wrapping up mission critical projects, hustling to execute initiatives that deliver strong end-of-year results, and starting to peek ahead to the projects and deployments that will define next year.
Throw the holidays into that mix, and year-end business can be pretty overwhelming.
We can certainly relate because our business goes through the same process. With that said, there’s a year-end process we’ve always found helpful. Take a step back, truly assess what you’re trying to accomplish in the following year, and perform an analysis that helps you identify the gaps or roadblocks that could keep you from reaching your 2016 goals.
To help you through that process, here’s a checklist of questions to consider:
- Where are you now (as a baseline)?
- What changes — business processes, new technology deployments, implementations, updates, etc. — do you anticipate making in 2016?
- How do your current capabilities stack up with your initiatives?
- Are there certain skills gaps on your team that if bridged can create intended success?
- How are you planning to address those skills gaps?
- Do you have a clear idea of what “success” looks like at the end of 2016?
- What do your goals or objectives look like when they’re completed?
Running through this list of questions forces you to dive deeper into why you’re making changes in your organization and what you need to put in place to achieve your 2016 objectives. If you answer them thoughtfully, it should facilitate a natural gap analysis and allow you to come away with more clearly defined plans.
For example, let’s say you’re planning to implement SharePoint Online in 2016, from an on-premise SharePoint. If you wait to fully prepare for that implementation until a few months before it happens, you’ll likely encounter roadblocks that impede the successful adoption of new business processes and the SharePoint Online solution.
If, however, you spend a little time now mapping out what implementing SharePoint Online will look like down the road (the features you’ll benefit from most, who will use the solution, what businesses processes will change, the skills those people will need, etc.), you’ll benefit enormously. The implementation will go more smoothly. You’ll increase uptime after training. And the entire business will get to the point of deriving value from that change more quickly.
If you have any questions about how TLG Learning can help you through this process, don’t hesitate to reach out!